What is WordPress Upgrade
WordPress 5 was recently released in 2018.
You should always update WordPress to the latest version. When a new version of WordPress is available you will receive an update message in your WordPress Admin Screens. To update WordPress, click the link in this message.
There are two methods for updating – the easiest is the one-click update, which will work for most people. If it doesn’t work, or you just prefer to be more hands-on, you can follow the manual update process.
7 Considerations Before Updating WordPress
1.Make sure PHP is updated to latest version:
It is also more secure. Security updates for PHP 5.6 are ending in December. That means PHP 5.6 will become a security liability.
Update all Plugins to latest version:
Updating your plugins first contributes to a more bug free update to WordPress 5.
Decide whether to use Classic Editor or Gutenberg Editor: If you like the way WordPress currently works, choose the Classic Editor. If you want to try the new and reportedly easier Gutenberg editing experience then go with that.
Create a back up:
Creating a back up is always a good idea. Ideally, you should already be doing this. But if you’re not, then consider creating a back up of your site before upgrading to WordPress 5.0.
Decide whether to stage or not:
Staging a site means creating a copy of your site and making the changes on the copy first. There are plugins to help you stage a site and there are services that will host your staged site on their servers, thereby keeping the changes completely separate from your website.
Cache and performance Plugins may need a visit:
Updating to the latest version of WordPress can seem like a scary proposition, especially this close to the busy holiday shopping season.